Wichita’s vision for downtown
Published by Jamie on Wednesday, March 03 2010 at 10:36 PM
Last Saturday the city of Wichita, Kans, took one massive step forward to building itself a bright future for its downtown market. Over 130 residents, elected officials, civic leaders and others gathered in the Wichita Art Museum to discuss what they see as being the future of downtown. Key elements chosen were housing, retail, entertainment and office space, according to The Wichita Eagle.
The city of Wichita hired consulting firm Goody Clancy to put the process together. It took the company a month, but they were able to put a plan together that would include various opinions and visions for the city, taking its rich history and spreading it throughout the next two decades.
By the end of the day, participants voiced their answers on the topics at hand. A new Marriott hotel will be going up soon, as well as new but niche-based shopping facilities will be added to cater to a young and vibrant crowd. And since downtown Wichita seems to be fairing well through these turbulent times, with only a 5 percent vacancy rate for 5 million square feet, office space will also be added to the downtown lineup.
"This is an economic development issue. We're full," said Sarah Woodworth, one of the consultants with Goody Clancy. "We really see this as an opportunity."
Goody Clancy will be taking the results and have a presentation ready to go by mid April, with plans on how to implement these ideas.
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